Hate mail is a routine and perplexing part of my life. Perk of the job?
Anyway, the best so far today is related to Girl-Mom:
This Web site almost had my passionate inquiry until I read you executed ‘pro-choice’ rationale. Too bad. Which teen moms are pro-choice, anyway? I’d imagine most would have aborted their children before having to endure teenage motherhood.
Huh. Damned if you do, damned if you don't... this is a really typical reaction. And yet another example of why I think that the site is so important.
I was a pro-choice teen mother. My choice was to have a child.
That didn't stop me from actively participating in abortion rights campaigns. The point is not whether you exercise a particular option, but whether you have the right to do so.
I believe that all women should have the right to choose, for themselves, whether they want to be a parent - or not. It doesn't matter whether we are poor, young, sick, single, queer, or otherwise different.
My own political ideology encompasses the choice to be a father. I consider my children my own responsibility, precisely because the other person did not have an equal say about what happened inside my body. Anyone who has helped me parent my children - or not - has done so out of their own free will.
Maybe I am just a utopian idealist, but I sincerely believe that all children should be wanted, and wanted children are more likely to get the care they need to thrive.
I'm part of the first generation of Americans raised with full access to contraception and legal abortion. We're now confronting a real possibility that this precious legal protection will be eroded, or even destroyed. The economy, and wars, and general political chaos have done a good job of hiding the fact that our legal rights are in jeopardy. But it is true, and we all need to be vigilant.
I am pro-choice.
I am also a mother.